We’re all craving something sweet and soothing during the quarantine. So why not try out that banana bread recipe that's been hanging on your fridge for over two years now? I mean, the ten boxes of eggs, aka your coronapocalypse hoard, ain't gonna bake themselves.

The pans are flying in no time and the solo baking show is on. The timer goes off and there you have it—a doughy monstrosity and impressive baking fail. Bored Panda has collected the most unsuccessful attempts right down below that will hopefully spark your inner chef, because whatever you make… it can’t be that bad. Been there, baked that? Share your quarantine bake-off stories in the comments! 

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Just don’t ask...

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rai mei
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1 year ago

the dough is trying to escape?

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Katri
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1 year ago

HAHAHAH :D

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

They can be rabbit heads!

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You’re not the only one considering making banana bread. The global pandemic has turned many into avid home bakers. In fact, there are so many of them that suppliers have been forced to increase production.

Bloomberg reports that baking staples have become a sort-of luxury. Baking yeast sales were up 457% over last year for the week ending March 28. Flour was up 155%, butter up 73%, baking powder up 178%, and eggs up 48%.

Robert Harper, the president at Hopkinsville Milling Co., said the company is packing twice as much flour as usual. Harper commented: “It started to look like Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled into one. People have time on their hands and are trying to save some money.”

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 year ago

Cut them up post bake when they’re still a little soft. Or if they’re a little hard crumble them up into large chunks and sprinkle on ice cream. Nom.

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My make-shift attempt at making a bunny failed me, but I think I baked a fat cat instead? 

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Dian Parama Kosala
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1 year ago

Just add "from hell" to the title and its ok

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Vicky Zar
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1 year ago

How can you forget flour? Its the main ingredient most of the time

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Bored Panda contacted Beth Coombes, a professional pastry chef and the owner of bespoke bakery Pili Pala Cakehouse, who told us about everything you need to know to bake in quarantine like a pro.

Beth suggests always reading your recipe in full before just going for it. “Baking is such a science and things must be done in the correct order to achieve the end result you want,” she explained. Plus, always weigh your ingredients before starting so you can concentrate on the method while making it.

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So...this looked to be baking perfectly and happily in the oven...this was the surprise on the other side

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Shirin Hashim
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1 year ago

Was it trying to escape?

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“Ummm....are the cinnamon buns supposed to try and escape from the pan?

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JD
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1 year ago

There's a few bakes on this thread that resemble creatures from the deep. So you're not alone.

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Epextecation vs reality

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Adam C
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1 year ago

You need to add cookie-filter for instagram.

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The pastry chef named a couple of beginner’s mistakes that are best to avoid. One of the most common ones is setting the oven to the right temperature. “Cakes cook on so many different temperatures to get different results, so don’t think 'ah, this temp will do,' as it might not work, and you’ll learn that the hard way.”

Another common mistake that anyone who is new to baking could make is simply not knowing the technique. “For example, 'beating' or 'folding' techniques. If you’re not sure what a word means, give it a little google first and you’ll be good to go.”

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

You can use them in a barbecue now!

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

It looks delicious anyway

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Rissie
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1 year ago

But how? It really isn't that hard...

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If you can decide on a recipe to try out when in quarantine, Beth has shared her super-easy salted caramel brownies recipe with all the Pandas out there. The ingredients you’ll need are: 170g dark chocolate, 170g unsalted butter, 3 eggs, 225g caster sugar, 50g cocoa, 50g plain flour, ½ tsp sea salt, 100g salted caramel.

“Preheat your oven to 150℃ and line a 11”/8” tin. First, melt the chocolate and butter together and leave to cool for a couple of minutes. Then, whisk your eggs and sugar together until combined before adding your chocolatey butter mixture. Continue to gently whisk until it all comes together, then add your cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Fold this together, to make sure it’s all smooth and combined—it will be super-thick and shiny.”

“Lastly, add half of your salted caramel to the brownie, fold, and combine. Pour this in the tin, then drizzle and swirl the other half through the brownie. Give it a couple of taps on the table to level it out and bake it in the oven for 20-25 minutes.” 

“Once ready, it should still be a little wobbly in the center, but crusted and set around the edges. You must leave this to cool for a few hours before cutting into squares and indulging—trust me, it will totally be worth it!” Bon appetit!

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Baking fail. My macarons exploded and didn’t grow feet.
I’m pretty sure it had to do with my almond flour. I made my own and I think it was too moist. I haven’t been able to find ready made almond flour but almonds are readily available. I’m gonna try again

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

Macarons are very difficult to do. Yours look arty in some way.

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In my attempt at making pizza, i discovered my yeast had expired in 2010. And the supermarkets had ran out of yeast. Then I read about making yeast from dried fruit. I used dried longan and here is an interesting outcome. The dough was stretchy and after baking, I ended up with a very pleasant tasting crispy and slightly chewy sweetish flatbread. It went really well with crunchy peanut butter

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Karen Johnston
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1 year ago

You can store yeast in the freezer. I've got some that's at least 2 years old and still works fine.

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 year ago

Failed rainbow cookies look like cool mined gem cookies.

Pretty Pangolin
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1 year ago

Yes, I was like "You made geodes!"

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jo Philbin
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1 year ago

As a fellow food blogger, this really annoys me... There is a reason she took her Insta photo of that dough when it was raw, because hers probably ended up like yours when they were cooked. Bloggers often do this, especially with cookies/biscuits... They also toast their creations to make them look like they're fully cooked when actually they're 'half baked' at best and they've taken them out before all hell breaks loose!

The Emerald Triangle
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1 year ago

The chef was probably 1/2 baked when those cookies were made!

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Deborah Brett
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1 year ago

Try chilling the assembled cookies before baking them, and reduce the leavening?

RitaGG
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1 year ago

These look like Pillsbury Slice and Bake to me.

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Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

I would just call them geode cookies. I'm sure they are still yummy.

Johanne Trudeau
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1 year ago

Pretty geods....

Rã. R. Field
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1 year ago

Opal biscuits, everyone unique, like all of us:)

melbfk
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1 year ago

Beautiful abstract cookie art.

melanie bly
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1 year ago

Just rename them! Hippie earth day cookies. Very cool.

mntryjoseph
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1 year ago

New trend: Tie-dyed Cookies

Robin Cascella
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1 year ago

I’ve never been able to perfect these. You have to refrigerate the dough before you bake.

Bahar Sayhan Gulyás
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1 year ago

I actually had refrigerated them according to the recipe but maybe the amount of time wasnt enough, or it was because i used gel dye - the white part came out of the fridge in perfect consistency but the colored ones were weird.

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Karen Gavaletz
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1 year ago

Isn't that a ready to bake store bought dough?

Kim Bush
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1 year ago

Looks like it, doesn't it

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Little Flame
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1 year ago

The rainbows were like, “ I don’t want to be a rainbow today, I want to be smudge.

Madison Feehan
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1 year ago

Geodes of dye! (Tastes awful, looks cool)!

Anja Schmidt
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1 year ago

Barbie Pizzas XD

bir sitare
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1 year ago

Seviyoz

Sharon Madsen
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1 year ago

They are a lot of work too!

Carole Strawn
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1 year ago

I attempted a rainbow cake once and the results were similar to your cookies. The colors didn't stay where they were supposed to.

Cici Qiu
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1 year ago

these look delicious!

Vanessa Earle
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1 year ago

Still pretty

Garth Robinson
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1 year ago

Don't tell people they're supposed to be "rainbow" cookies, just call them "opal" cookies, a new creation.

Louise Brigance
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1 year ago

And the taste?

Bahar Sayhan Gulyás
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1 year ago

They were gone in about 30 hours :p

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Susan Gee
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1 year ago

Geode cookies!!!! Yum!

Patty Leaton
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1 year ago

before&after smoking weed

Kathy Brown
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1 year ago

Still looks pretty & fun. WIn win.

Karen Violette Cubbison
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1 year ago

Aurora Borealis! :D

Thalia Lovering
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1 year ago

The original one seems painted over.

marnidarr
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7 months ago

Tie-dye, hippie rainbow cookies!

Collin Edward
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11 months ago

I thought that the first picture was the actual cookie.

Renee Joslyn
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1 year ago

Just call them "Geode Cookies". No one will be the wiser!

Shinomi Chan
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1 year ago

Oh. Oh no.

sharron lynn parsons
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1 year ago

Interesting art work, or painting !!!

Allan Breum
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1 year ago

Cool, you made cookie geodes!

Dizzyaudiohh
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1 year ago

Those cookies are so yummy! I love getting them during Christmas and Halloween time because of the little pictures on them.

Nancy Ledoyen
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1 year ago

Climate change

Mumof1
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1 year ago

I think someone left the cake out in the rain

Kimberley Thomas
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1 year ago

Now I'm sad inside.😶😥

Audrey G Barachina
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1 year ago

AWESOME

O Jackson
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1 year ago

I guess there is no pot of gold over it LOL

Slune
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1 year ago

The famous mold pizza

katboxjanitor
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1 year ago

Tie Dye cookies!

ShayLynne Bronson
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1 year ago

Are those from Tasty?

rehabisforquitters
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1 year ago

The mind before acid and after acid.

Cathy Proctor
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1 year ago

from rainbows to geodes

Teresa Groth
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1 year ago

They are still a work of art and really their taste is all that matters!

Orenda Anyone
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1 year ago

I see rabbits.

May Day
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1 year ago

Looks good!

Magpie
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1 year ago

They look like blurry selfies taken in hell.

Bored Silly
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1 year ago

They looked so perfect raw.

Bob Sherm
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1 year ago

your brain on acid 😋

George Hudacko
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1 year ago

Overly assimilated!

Dorothy Cloud
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1 year ago

That's so sad! The dough looked great........

John Swaffar
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1 year ago

Excellent

Lana Jig-maker
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1 year ago

Tie dyed cookies, cool.

Id row
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1 year ago

As long as they're not burned it's a win.

Kate Johnson
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1 year ago

Dough was too warm when you baked them.

Lauren Michlin
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1 year ago

cu... ooooh

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
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1 year ago

Wow the dough was perfect I wonder what went wrong

Joseph Krauter
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1 year ago

aww...sad panda for the rainbow cookies!

Closetmonsterr
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1 year ago

Groovy

Joyce Deering
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1 year ago

Prior to baking they look awesome! How did they taste? Maybe you could serve them raw next time? No. Don't do that. Plain cookies are always nice too. Just a suggestion.

Bahar Sayhan Gulyás
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1 year ago

The upper photo is what the recipe showed :D i had some problems with the consistency of the colored dough so it didnt look that perfect :(

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Adreana Davis
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1 year ago

tiedye cookies when you forget to put the food coloring in before in the oven !

Joe Lucero
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1 year ago

moldy bread

Jeanne Fearson
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1 year ago

Tie-dye cookies! Yay!

Sk8_boy
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1 year ago (edited)

Its abstract art

Karen Johnston
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1 year ago

Huh. They looked nice to start with.

Tabitha L
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1 year ago

This looks intentional. Can someone explain how this could happen?

Emperor Kitten
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1 year ago

There original baker layered colors, rolled the dough and sliced. The home baker tried to paint one on with food coloring.

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Sadly my challahday easter bunny didn't quite work out. Seems to have come down with some hip dysplasia, ear disconnection, and a touch of elephantiasis in the oven... I think the main culprits here were uneven working of the various strands, slight underproofing, and perhaps some rusty baking skills. Next time..

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ZombieGirl
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1 year ago

It actually doesn't look too bad

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

They're cute!

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rai mei
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1 year ago

baking..exactly what?

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A bit too much of baking soda

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Mark
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1 year ago

Congratulations you made..........................a mess!

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Sweet f’n dreams people!!

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Nawal Wali
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1 year ago

This ones seen things

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I think I made the peanut butter cookies a bit too big.

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rai mei
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1 year ago

your doggo looks sad :(

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He’s baaaaaa-ck! 3. Oh no!! 4. Sleepy sheepy

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Mark
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1 year ago

Googly eyes would have helped along with a derpy smile.

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Collin Lyle
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1 year ago

Baking is science, lol

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I tried to make pretzels and they went MUTANT 

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devi L.
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1 year ago

This looks good

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1 year ago

Oven in a too low temperature

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i am normally a good baker. i found a recipe for egg custard pie. i told my husband 2 go 2 the store to get the ingredients (only 1 person per family is allowed in the store and i cannot be trusted because i come home with a whole bunch of junk food lol). 1 of the ingredients were pie crust, i told him the pie crust are in the refrigerated section near the eggs and where the cookie dough is. he came home with pie crust from the freezer in a pie plate already....i have never seen these in my life and the pie dish was not deep. this was the outcome of using pie crust i have never made before. apparently the egg custard somehow got under the pie crusts while baking, and that big bubble in the middle is the pie crust

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Maiun
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1 year ago

Lesson 1. Make your own pie crust. Lesson 2. Pastry formula: half fat to flour. EG. 8 oz flour 4 oz fat. Lesson 3. Use butter, freeze it, grate it into the flour, cut together with a butter knife, add COLD water( 1/4 to 1/2 a cup) gradually, stirring gently until dough comes together, leave in fridge for 30 mins before rolling out (this lets the gluten in the flour relax and stops the pastry being tough) Enjoy

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rai mei
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1 year ago

ummm.. too much heat?

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Adam C
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1 year ago (edited)

But why use a 30 year old dough?

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Adam C
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1 year ago

Look ok.

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

This actually loks nice

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